Four People Injured On North Carolina Highway When Driver Going the Wrong Way Causes Multi-Car Collision Near New Bern

January 10, 2008, by Michael A. DeMayo

North Carolina’s State Highway Patrol is reporting four injuries from a multi-car collision that occurred on Monday on N.C. 55. The multi-car crash occurred because New Bern resident Richard Kenneth Walter Jr was headed east in the westbound lane. The accident occurred eight miles east of New Bern.

Walter first struck the back of a Honda, driven by Aurora resident Frederic Cutler, before going on to hit a Hyundai SUV, driven by Pamlico County resident Crystal Baker. Walter’s car then crashed into a 2004 Buick, driven by Greensboro resident., Caroleen Cuthrell.

Caroleen and her husband Ervin, Crystal Baker, and Walter all sustained injuries in the car accident. Three of the cars were totally wrecked in the collision.

Personal Injury and Property Damage
If you or someone you love was injured in a motor vehicle accident in North Carolina or South Carolina, you should contact a car accident law firm immediately. While the liable party may be insured, this does not mean that you are guaranteed to receive the compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries and related expenses.

An experienced North Carolina and South Carolina personal injury lawyer will know how to deal with the liable party and their insurer to maximize your chances for financial recovery.

Not only will you need help covering your medical costs, pain and suffering, and related damages, but you may also need help recovering compensation for the property damage that your car sustained. A good car crash lawyer can make sure that the insurance company gives you the right amount of recovery.

Causes of Car Accidents
Although sometimes motor vehicle collisions cannot be avoided, there are precautions that all drivers can take to be safe on the roads. Careless or negligence can lead to car accidents that can injure not only the driver but innocent bystanders whose lives can be altered forever—possibly even cut short—because of a moment’s recklessness.

In addition to driving the wrong way up a road, here is a list of other negligent behavior that can lead to catastrophic collisions, personal injuries, and wrongful death.

• Speeding
• Not paying proper attention
• Talking on the cell phone or text messaging while driving
• Not paying attention to the traffic lights and street signs
• Not driving defensively
• Drunk driving
• Driving while under heavy medication
• Tailgating
• Driving while exhausted or emotionally upset
• Not checking mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes

Driver going wrong way triggers N.C. 55 crash,, January 9, 2008

10 Common Driving Mistakes, AAA Public Affairs

Related Web Resources:

2006 Crash Data Files, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

What to Do After an Auto Accident, State Farm Insurance


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